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Ask HTG: Searching Within Websites, Google Play Alternatives, and Getting Started with Dual Booting

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Once a week we round up some of the reader letters we’ve answered and share the advice with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to search within web sites, downloading apps from places other than Google Play, and getting started with dual booting operating systems.

How Can I Find an Article I Forgot to Bookmark?

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Dear How-To Geek,

I saw an article on HTG a few months ago that covered how to build your own high-gain projector screen. I didn’t bookmark it and now I’m having trouble finding it? Would mind sharing the link with me? Thanks!

Sincerely,

Home Theater Builder

Dear Home Theater,

First, the link you’re looking for is to this article: DIY High-Gain Projector Screen Combines Latex Paint and Sand Blasting Beads. Second, the easiest way to find an article on HTG, or any other website you’d like to search within, is to use a little search hack in your Google search query. By searching for “site:sitename.com your search terms” you can restrict your search to just that web site. To find the link for you, we simply plugged in “site:howtogeek.com beads projector” and the article you were looking for was the first result.

The site: trick is a great way to find articles and information when you know you saw it on a specific web site but you don’t want to go digging through that site’s archives to find it!

Where Can I Go for Android Apps Beside Google Play?

Dear How-To Geek,

Maybe I’m being an old techo-grump, but I’m not particularly enamored with the new Google Play (previously Android Market). Is there another venue to check out Android Apps? I know I’ll still end up at Play for a lot of things, but I’m interested in looking at other places I can grab apps.

Sincerely,

Techo-Grump

Dear Techno-Grump,

Unlike iOS devices that required jailbreaking to access third-party app markets, it’s pretty easy on Android. All you need to do is turn on the ability to install apps from non-Market sources and then hit up some of those sources like Amazon’s Appstore, GetJar, etc. Check out our full article on Android Market/Google Play alternatives here.

What Do I Need to Know to Get Started with Dual Booting?

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Dear How-To Geek,

I’ve never dual booted before, but I think it would be fun/educational to start doing it. I’m currently running Windows 7 and would like to dual boot to other operating systems so I can try them out without giving up the OS I’m comfortable with. I have no idea where to start?

Sincerely,

Dual Boot Dreaming

Dear Dual Boot,

Although dual booting seems foreign to you now, we assure you with a little reading and playing around you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. We’d highly suggest checking out this roundup of our best dual-boot articles including How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and 8 Without Re-Partitioning (Using VHD). You’ll also find tips on dual-booting Windows and Linux.


Have a pressing tech question? Shoot us an email at ask@howtogeek.com and we’ll do our best to answer it.

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/9/12

Comments (3)

  1. George

    get jar works for any phone that supports downloading apps. (from Orange World or the like)

  2. Kevalin

    Only download Amazon Apps if you are seriously enamored of WAITING. I have one–one app–that I bought through tp them that’s something like 5MB, and I have yet to be able to download updates of that app in less than twenty minutes. And that’s using wifi from a router that’s less than twelve feet away. That is, when I’ve been able to get it to download at all.

    Then again, that applies to downloading ANYTHING, no matter how small, from Amazon. For such a so-called giant, their inability/unwillingness to create a downloader that works in a smooth and timely manner is inexcusable. If they really want to get into the downloads market, they’d better pull it together. As it stands right now, I avoid buying downloadable stuff from them at all costs.

  3. Johnnytatz

    Duelbooting for me has allowed me to experience the hidden wonders of Linux/ Unix OS. It has allowed me to try different distros until I found the one I love to use. Just make sure u do ur research, goodluck n have fun exploring ur distro.

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